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1:1  The Lord’s word that came to Zephaniah, Cushi’s son, Gedaliah’s grandson, Amariah’s great-grandson, and Hezekiah’s great-great-grandson in the days of Judah’s King Josiah, Amon’s son.
1:2  I will wipe out everything from the earth, says the Lord.
1:3  I will destroy humanity and the beasts; I will destroy the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea. I will make the wicked into a heap of ruins; I will eliminate humanity from the earth, says the Lord.
1:4  I will stretch out my hand against Judah and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will eliminate what’s left of Baal from this place and the names of the priests of foreign gods,
1:5  those bowing down to the forces of heaven on the rooftops, those swearing by the Lord along with those swearing by Milcom,
1:6  those turning away from the Lord, those who don’t seek the Lord and don’t pursue him.
1:7  Hush before the Lord God, for the day of the Lord is near! The Lord has established a sacrifice; he has made holy those he has summoned.
1:8  On the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, I will punish the princes, the king’s sons, and all those wearing foreign clothes.
1:9  I will punish the one leaping on the threshold on that day, those filling the house of their master with violence and deceit.
1:10  On that day—says the Lord— an outcry will resound from the Fish Gate, wailing from the second quarter, a loud crash from the hills.
1:11  The ones who grind the grain will wail; all the merchants will be silenced. I will eliminate all those weighing out silver.
1:12  At that time, I will search Jerusalem with lamps; I will punish the men growing fat on the sediment in their wine, those saying to themselves, The Lord won’t do good or evil.
1:13  Their wealth will be looted and their houses destroyed. They will rebuild houses, but not live in them; they will plant vineyards, but not drink the wine.
1:14  The great day of the Lord is near; it is near and coming very quickly. The sound of the day of the Lord is bitter. A warrior screams there.
1:15  That day is a day of fury, a day of distress and anxiety, a day of desolation and devastation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and deep darkness,
1:16  a day for blowing the trumpet and alarm against their invincible cities and against their high towers.
1:17  I will make humanity suffer; they will walk like the blind because they sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their intestines like manure.
1:18  Moreover, their silver and their gold won’t be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord’s fury. His jealousy will devour the entire land with fire; he will make an end, a truly horrible one, for all the inhabitants of the land.